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  • Death toll rises to 66 in Muzaffarpur, Bihar due to Encephalitis

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    Muzaffarpur district of Bihar reported death of 69 children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). Till now over 130 have been hospitalised in the district. The district Magistrate of Muzaffarpur has announced that for students till class eight, schools will remain closed till June 22 and for students in higher standards, classes will be held only till 10.30 am. Encephalitis: Encephalitis is an inflammation or swelling and irritation of the brain. In most cases. It is also called acute viral encephalitis or aseptic encephalitis. Symptoms: The viral disease causes mild flu-like symptoms such as a high fever, personality changes, convulsions (seizures), severe headache, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, confusion,  problems with speech or hearing, hallucinations, memory loss, drowsiness and coma. kids with encephalitis need care in a hospital. By monitoring their blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and body fluids further swelling of the brain can be prevented. Encephalitis can't be prevented, but illnesses that may lead to it can be avoided. Immunizations protect kids from many common childhood illnesses.

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    Indias trade deficit widened to USD 15.36 bn in May month

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    Ministry of Commerce reported that India’s trade deficit expanded to a six-month high of $15.4 billion in May, with import growth outpacing export growth following a 37% jump in gold imports. Exports grew 3.93% in the month of May, while imports rose 4.31%.  Iran, China-US trade war: Out of six months in the past 7 months, the exports have been in low single digits which barred March when it grew in double digits. Rising crude oil prices, amid sanctions on Iranian oil imports, could further increase imports and put pressure on India’s current account deficit. China’s exports in May increased by 1.1%, while imports fell by 8.5%. This lead to a significantly higher trade surplus of $41.65 billion than analysts projected. The escalating trade war between the US and China have cast a shadow on India’s prospects for higher exports.

    Govt plans to raise USD 84 billion from airwaves auction in 2019

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government hopes to increase around $83.8 billion (Rs 5.83 trillion rupees) from its latest round of airwaves auction in 2019. The Central government is planning to sell 8,600 megahertz of telecom airwaves across multiple frequency bands. Rs 65,789 crore was raised in the airwaves auction held by the government in 2016-17. Recently, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced the debut auction of fifth-generation (5G) spectrum this year along with trials within 100 days.



    India to impose retaliatory tariffs on 29 US goods

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    Ministry of Commerce has announced to impose retaliatory tariffs on US goods that will be effective from June 16 onwards. The retaliatory tariffs on 29 goods imported from the U.S. The Ministry initially decided to  impose tariffs in 2018. The decision is ahead of the meeting between Modi and Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan. The move made by the trade ministry was approved by the Ministry of External Affairs. The tariffs will be applied on $220-290 million worth of goods that are imported from the US, and will have about the same impact as the tariffs imposed by Washington on India in 2018. Ministry of Finance said that the Commerce ministry will release the official notification of the tariffs before 16 June.  Why India is imposing tarrifs: In March 2018, the US imposed 25% tariff on steel and 10% import duty on aluminium. India was one of the major exporters of these items. Trarrifs on 29 major products ere impacted which includes Chickpeas, Bengal gram, Mansur dal, Boric acid, domestic reagents, apples, Binders for foundry moulds. India repeatedly asked for exemption from these higher tariffs, but US did not respond. On June 2018, India decided to retaliate by imposing duties but extended the deadline. On 5 June 2019, the U.S. withdrew export incentives to India under its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme. India was the largest beneficiary of GSP.   

    Union Minister Harsh Vardhan condemns violence against doctors in Kolkata

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    Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan condemned the reported incidence of violence against doctors in Kolkata.  There are some necessary and important for the doctors to get a safe work environment in all states.  He will take up this matter with the Chief Minister so these kind of incidents can be avoided. He also urged the doctors to observe and to take essential services to the people are not disrupted.  He urged the patients and their caregivers to observe restraint.  About Harsha Vardhan He is at Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Earth Sciences in the BJP-led NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  He represents Chandni Chowk in Delhi. He is a Member of Parliament in the 17th Lok Sabha. 

    YSRs Tammineni Sitaram took charge as Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly

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    The first session of the 15th Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly as the senior leader of YSR Congress Party Tammineni Sitaram unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Assembly.  Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy congratulated Tammineni appealed to protect the parliamentary democracy. The 15th Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly’s first session preferred by the government with elected legislators being administered the oath of affirmation Protem Speaker S. Appala Naidu conducted the election for the appointment of the Speaker which was proposed by 30 MLAs of YSRCP.  Chief Minister encountered 23 MLA’s and 3 MPs to defect from YSRCP to the ruling TDP. About Tammineni Sitaram She is the fourth speaker of the assembly from Srikakulam district. Sitaram started his political career from TDP a six-time MLA from Srikakulam district’s Amadalavalasa.  He served as the minister of Law and Justice, Stamps and Registration, Sports, Excise and Municipal Administration in Chandra Babu Naidu’s cabinet.

    Bollywood Badshah to be guest of honor at Indian Film Festival Melbourne

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    Badshah of Bollywood Shahrukh khan to lead the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne as the chief guest to celebrate ‘courage’ as its central theme. The Indian Film Festival Melbourne is back for its 10th edition in the cultural city. The IIFM along with the other festival guests and in the company of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange. This event has grown significantly over the past decade and with the extraordinary Shah Rukh Khan.  Khan is looking forward to Melbourne to celebrate Indian cinema. Several actors like Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor have remained a part of the film festival.

    India Appreciates 'Royal Pardon' to 17 Indians by the Sultan of Oman

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    On the occasion of Eid ul Fitr, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said granted a royal pardon to 17 Indians serving various jail sentences in Oman.  Indian Embassy in Oman and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar appreciated the merciful gesture of Oman’s Sultan. India - Oman Relations India–Oman relations are between the Republic of India and the Sultanate of Oman.  India has an embassy in Muscat, Oman.  It was opened in Muscat in February 1955  To a consulate general in 1960  later into a full-fledged embassy in 1971

    Centre reduced rate of contribution under ESI Act

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    Centre has reduced the employer’s and employee’s contribution under the Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Act. It will be effective from July 1. ESI Act gives insured workers medical benefits among other facilities.  Aim: The move aimed at benefiting 36 million insured persons and 1.3 million organizations. It will also formalise the informal workforce in India.  It will expand the social security coverage and facilitate further enrolment of workers under the ESI scheme. Changes:  The Ministry of Labour and Employment has reduced the total contribution towards ESI from 6.5% of an employee’s wages to 4%. For the employer’s it reduced from 4.7% to 3.25% and the employee’s contribution lowered to 0.75% of wages from 1.75%. The Ministry said there has been a substantial rise in the number of people being brought under the ESI scheme and the number of people who opted for it. The analysis said that: In 2015, the number of people who were insured underthe scheme was 2.1 crore and it raised to 3.6 crore. The contribution amount in 2015 was Rs.11,455 crore which increased to Rs.22,279 crore. The number of people who opted for the ESI scheme increased to 12.85 lakh in 2018-19 from 7.83 lakh in 2015-16. ESI Act: Dr.B R Ambedkar was appointed by the Government of India to create a report on the health insurance scheme for industrial workers in March 1943. The report became the basis for the Employment State Insurance (ESI) Act of 1948. ESI is a self-financing social security and health insurance scheme for Indian workers. Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) manages the fund as per the rules and regulations stipulated in the ESI Act 1948. ESIC functions under Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India. ESI corporation can raise loans and take measures for discharging such loans with the prior sanction of the central government.  ESIC can acquire both movable and immovable property and all incomes from the property. ESIC can set up hospitals independently or in collaboration with state government or other private entities.   


    Indian girl honoured in UAE for Green efforts

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    Eight-year-old Indian expat student collected nearly 15,000 kg of paper waste. Dubai is part of Emirates Environmental Group's nationwide recycling campaign.  Ms. Tony was honored with Eco Champions of Recycling award for her efforts in keeping the environment clean by collecting paper waste. Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) reduce the level of projected carbon emissions by at least 73,393 metric tonnes.  Eco-friendly drive three categories - corporations, academic institutions and individuals/families - and the materials that were collected included paper, plastic, glass, cans, mobiles, among other items.  She collected nearly 15,000 kg of paper waste in Gulf’s United Arab Emirate (UAE) as part of a nationwide recycling campaign. She campaigned around her residency area to collect paper, so that it can be recycled. About United Arab Emirates (UAE)  Capital: Abu Dhabi Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirhams

    Central government extended the Rs 1.6 Billion aid to Nepal for Rebuilding Earthquake-hit Houses

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    Financial aid of 1.6 billion Nepalese rupees to Nepal to help 50,000 people in Nuwakot and Gorkha districts rebuild their houses damaged in the devastating earthquake in 2015. India’s ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri handed over the cheque to Finance Secretary of Nepal Rajan Khanal for the purpose of reconstruction work. India granted Nepal a total of Rs 4.5 billion Nepalese rupees under the housing reconstruction projects.  India is partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)  The aim is to provide socio-technical facilitation to the house owners to ensure that they rebuild their homes as per Nepal government’s earthquake resilient norms. Nepal’s Gorkha the epicenter of the devastating earthquake struck the Himalayan nation in April 2015, claiming over 9,000 lives and damaging 800,000 houses.  She appreciated the sustained and generous humanitarian support extended by India for the post-earthquake reconstruction. India and Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for USD 100-million grant to support the reconstruction of 50,000 private houses. About Nepal Capital: Kathmandu Currency: Nepalese rupee Prime minister: KP Sharma Oli

    NTA to conduct IGNOU entrance exam for MBA and BEd courses for Jan 2020 admission

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    Entrance examinations of IGNOU's MBA (OPENMAT) and B.Ed programmes are conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) across 100 cities across India.  NTA conducting Computer Based Entrance Test for higher educational institutions. Candidates who seek for admission and recruitment purposes Test will be conducted in an efficient, transparent manner. It is Computer Based Entrance Test for IGNOU done by JNU University. The decision because of the agency's expertise in holding entrance exams transparently, efficiently and swiftly. The test for admission to MBA  – OPENMAT – and entrance for B.Ed programs for January 2020 admissions will both be conducted by the NTA on July 27 at more than 100 cities across India. The complete details of the programs are available on the IGNOU website http://www.ignou.ac.in.  The online registration ends in July 1, 2019. About IGNOU  The IGNOU is run by the central government of India. Established: 1985 Founder    Government Of India Vice-Chancellor    Nageshwar Rao

    Amasebailu Becomes First 100% Solar Powered Village in Karnataka

    13 June 2019
    Amasebailu, a small village situated on the left bank of Haldi river in Udupi. It is the first village in Karnataka to have 100% solar-powered houses.  The dream of the three-year-long project. The closing ceremony of the project was organized on June 9. The demand for decentralized small scale energy projects instead of centralized mega-projects is increasing due to growing environmental concerns.  It is tagged as a Solar Gram Panchayat with about 1858 houses illuminated with solar lamps.  The project launched three years ago in 2016. It is implemented at a total cost of Rs. 2.13 crore.  The project was funded by the Centre and the State Government  The ratio 30:20 and the rest was paid by the Panchayat and charitable organizations. The contract made with Selco company for the establishment of the project.  The solar lamps have a guarantee of up to five years  The population is around 3000.  The installation cost of one solar lamp lies around Rs. 5000 but they were given to household at a subsidized rate of Rs. 1500.

    The Union Cabinet approved an extension of Presidents rule in Jammu and Kashmir

    13 June 2019
    The Union Cabinet approved an extension of President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir for six more months beginning July 3. The central rule has been continuing in Jammu and Kashmir since June 20, 2018. After the approval of the Union Cabinet, the President Ram Nath Kovind will sign the proclamation for imposition of President's rule in the state.  The President's rule which was imposed in J&K on 20 December, 2018 expires on July 2. The Governor of J&K Satypal Malik has also recommended that the President rule in the state may be extended for a further period of six months with effect from July 3. This is because, Under Section 92 of the Constitution of J&K, there is no provision for further continuation of Governor's rule after six months.

    Arjun Munda Tribal Affairs Minister launched the e-governance initiatives for ST Welfare schemes

    13 June 2019
    Shri Arjun Munda Tribal Affairs launched the “e-governance initiatives for ST Welfare schemes”  It is organized by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. Smt. Renuka Singh Saruta, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs These e-governance initiatives serve their purpose of the betterment of tribal communities across the nation. Ministry of Tribal Affairs officials to prepare a Databank of the previous beneficiaries of the schemes of the ministry on a priority basis. He emphasized that the officials of the ministry have to achieve the target of completion of its tasks before time.Smt. Renuka Singh, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs made great initiatives for the Scheduled Tribes welfare schemes will be proved as a milestone. About the Portal They developed online portals namely DBT Tribal (https://dbttribal.gov.in/) and NGO Grants Online Application & Tracking System (https://ngograntsmota.gov.in/) to track bringing in greater e-Governance in implementation of welfare schemes for STs. There are 3 main modules for Pre-Matric & Post-Matric Scholarship. Data Sharing module is mainly meant for sharing beneficiary-data by States. The States have the facility to upload documents, raise query and DBT data uploaded by States is used for faster release of funds.  Monitoring module has the facility of MIS reports & Dashboards. They developed a module for verification of students by Universities and Colleges under Fellowship scheme and Grievance Module for all stakeholders including beneficiary students in 03 Central Sector schemes and Institutions. The NGO portal, developed for implementing the scheme of Aid to Voluntary Organizations working for the welfare of STs, has been fully revamped & redesigned with simplified Application form, Inspection Report, and Fund Processing module.  The portal re-opened for FY 2019-20 for NGOs and States for online application. About the Ministry of Tribal Affairs It is a branch of Government of India, looks after the affairs of the tribal communities in India.  Officeholder: Jasvantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor (Minister of State) Founded: 1999 Headquarters: New Delhi 

    Bihar approved the proposal to punish children who abandon their elderly parents

    12 June 2019
    The Bihar State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has approved the proposal to punish sons and daughters, who abandon their elderly parents, with jail term. The approval was announced on 11 June.  The proposal was moved by the state's social welfare department. Such cases will be registered under the non-bailable section after receiving complaints from elderly parents. The decision is expected to have huge impact in society in taking care of the elderly, who are at times neglected or abandoned by their wards.

    NDMA conducted training programme for CBRN emergencies

    12 June 2019
    National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) conducting a basic training programme at the Deendayal  Port Trust in Kandla, Gujarat.  It is a five-day training programme. The main aim is to increase awareness and enhancing the preparedness of Seaport Emergency Handlers (SEHs) to respond to CBRN emergencies. This is the fourth in a series of such programmes. It will be conducted at various seaports across the country to enable SEHs to respond suitably to the arrival of specialised response teams.  The three batches of SEHs were trained at Mangalore, Kochi and Navi Mumbai. About Training Program The training programme conducted in collaboration with the Indian Ports Association (IPA), Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). This training programme will improve the CBRN safety at our seaports by enabling the SEHs to handle any CBRN emergency. The programme consists of lectures, field training, including live demonstrations of detection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and mock exercises.  Equipping the SEHs to handle CBRN emergencies The training programme will enable them to provide medical first aid and initial psycho-social support. Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will train the participants. There are 50 participants representing various agencies responsible for operation and maintenance of the seaport are being trained on various aspects of CBRN emergencies.

    I V Subba Rao continues as secretary to Vice President

    12 June 2019
    IV Subba Rao continues as secretary to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu as per an order issued by the Ministry of Personnel. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the continuation of Rao He is a retired IAS officer  He serves as secretary to the vice president on a contract basis  More about I V Subba Rao He is a 1979 batch IAS officer  He belongs to Andhra Pradesh, Rao  He is retired from service in August 2015.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted Macron's invite to attend outreach session of G7 Summit

    11 June 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted an invitation to attend the session of the G7 Summit in Biarritz.  The 45th summit of the G7 group of countries takes place from August 24 to August 26 in Biarritz, France. Lemoyne visited India and he is the first French ministerial trip to the country after the Narendra Modi government assumed office. Queries related to the comments of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne regarding the invitation extended to India. About 45th G7 summit It is held on August 25–27, 2019, in Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France.  Host country: France Participants: Canada France Germany Italy Japan United Kingdom United States European Union

    India debut flag in #WorldRaftingChampionship

    11 June 2019
    India is making debut in the adventurous game of Rafting. Former Prime Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports team played in World Rafting Championship which is taking place in Tuncelli. There are 20 teams from 20 countries are challenging for the title.  President of Turkish Rafting Federation Fikret Yadimei expressed his excitement over hosting the World Rafting Championship. The championship commenced on June 8 and will conclude on June 13. About  International Rafting Federation It is the official umbrella International Sports Federation for national rafting organizations worldwide and administers all aspects of rafting sport worldwide.  World Rafting Championships (WRC), European Rafting Championships (ERC), Pan American Rafting Championships, and the Euro Cup rafting series are governed by the IRF.  It works closely with national organizations and government bodies by offering the only raft guide certification program accepted worldwide.  

    PM Narendra Modi to meet Putin and Xi Jinping in sidelines to SCO summit

    11 June 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping before the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. The announcement was made by the Ministry of External Affairs. Its a reiteration: Prime Minister Modi is to reiterate his invite to President Xi to visit India for an informal summit in 2019. The first informal summit was held in Wuhan in 2018. The Ministry did not approve to hold a separate meeting between the Prime Minister with his counterpart from Pakistan, Imran Khan.  SCO Summit 2019: The SCO summit is to be held on June 14 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. It will be the first multilateral meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his re-election in the Lok Sabha election. The group will discuss issues related to terrorism, Afghanistan, regional security, multilateral dialogue and global scenario.

    Imports from Pakistan to India has declined by 92 percent in March

    11 June 2019
    Imports from Pakistan to India has declined by 92% to $2.84 million in March 2019. This is after the imposition of 200% customs duties on all products following Pulwama terror attack. According to the data of the commerce ministry, the imports from Pakistan stood at $34.61 million in March 2018.  Exports from India to Pakistan have also reduced by about 32% to over $171 million in March. Also, during January-March period, the first quarter of 2018-19 fiscal, the imports from Pakistan declined by 47 percent to $53.65 million.  After the Pulwama terror attack, India had revoked the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan. The MFN status was granted to Pakistan in 1996.

    India's First Dinosaur Museum Park inaugurated in Gujarat

    11 June 2019
    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated India's first Dinosaur-Museum-cum-Park in the Mahisagar district.  It is set to give visitors a Jurassic Park kind of feel. The museum is located in Raiyoli area in Balasinor exhibit remains of various dinosaurs and fossil records. Dinosaur Museum cum Park is the first park in the country and the world's third park. Raiyoli area is the third largest dinosaur fossil site in the world and it is also the second largest dinosaur hatchery in the world, where thousands of eggs had been found.  About Dinosaur-Museum-cum-Park It is equipped with modern technology like 3D projection, virtual reality presentations, interactive kiosks and life-size dinosaur replicas. It has a total land area of 2.63 hectares. It is famous for displaying the evolution of dinosaurs on earth and probable reasons for their extinction. It is a world-class tourism spot and prove useful to students as well as experts. About Gujarat Capital: Gandhinagar Governor: Om Prakash Kohli Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead the event of #YogaDay2019 at Ranchi

    10 June 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the International Day of Yoga 2019 celebrations to be held in Ranchi on June 21.  Around 30,000 people are expected to participate in the main event. This function will attend to by several State Dignitaries, besides the Yoga Organisations and Yoga Gurus. Ministry of AYUSH planned every year observation of the International Day of Yoga across the country.  The ministry successfully organized several programs during the last four years in connection with the International Day of Yoga.  They requested the stake-holding Ministries and Departments of the Central Government, State Governments and other related institutions to work in a coordinated manner to observe the International Day of Yoga (IDY). Nearly two-minute long video shows a 3D-animated version of the prime minister performing the Ardha Chakrasana or the Half Moon Pose in a spacious room as a voiceover guides viewers through a step-by-step procedure of the yoga. About International Yoga Day May 21 is referred to as Yoga Day and celebrated since its inception in 2015. International day for yoga was declared by United Nations General Assembly. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested a date of 21 June as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world. The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India.

    India partners with Portugal to set up a national maritime heritage museum at Lothal

    10 June 2019
    India has partnered with Portugal to set up a national maritime heritage museum at Lothal in Gujarat. The Indian Navy will be the stakeholder in the project and the Portuguese Navy will assist as they have experience in it by administering the maritime museum in Lisbon, Portugal. India is to follow a similar model of the maritime museum. Implementation of the project: In March 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the project and the Government of India has allocated a grant for building the maritime museum. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Shipping through its Sagarmala programme. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) along with the State government and other stakeholders is also involved in setting up the museum. Partnership and plans: The initial discussion about the partnership was held during the visit of Portuguese Defence Minister João Gomes Cravinho to India in April 2019. A Defence Ministry-led delegation will visit Portugal to study the existing museum. Maritime museum: A maritime museum is a museum that specializes in display the objects relating to ships and travel on large bodies of water. A subcategory of maritime museums are naval museums, which focus on navies and the military use of the sea.  

    Union Minister Piyush Goyal leads Indian delegation to G20 Ministerial meeting in Japan

    10 June 2019
    Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal participated as Indian delegation for the two-day G20 Ministerial meeting on Trade and Digital Economy at Tsukuba city in Japan.  The discussions will take place in the developments of the global trade situation, WTO matters, and digital trade.  He will hold dialogue with other participating Trade Ministers on current international trade and investments. The G-20 Trade Ministers deliberations form part of the G-20 Summit Leaders agenda in the formal discussions and will  a part of the Summit Declaration About G 20 Summit  Chairperson: Shinzō Abe Founder: Group of Seven Founded: 26 September 1999 Aim: Bring together systemically important industrialized and developing economies in the global economy Membership: 20 members  

    Ajeya Kallam appointed principal advisor to Andhra Chief Minister

    9 June 2019
    Former Chief Secretary Ajeya Kallam appointed as the principal advisor to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. It was issued by Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam. He will have cabinet rank and leading the secretaries in the Chief Minister's office. He will be in the position for 3 years, with a monthly salary of Rs 2.5 lakhs. He served as director of horticulture, commissioner of agriculture, commissioner of endowments, executive officer of the TTD, and as Visakhapatnam Port Trust chairman.

    Centre reconstitutes 8 Cabinet Committees

    9 June 2019
    The Centre reconstituted eight Cabinet Committees including the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet, among others and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is part of all these committees. The eight Cabinet Committees, PM Narendra Modi is part of six committees.  The members of Security Committee are PM Modi, Union Ministers Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, S Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh. A newly-constituted eight cabinet committees Amit Shah is part of all cabinet committees.  Appointments Committee of the Cabinet includes Modi and Shah, while Cabinet Committee on Accommodation Shah, Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Sitharaman and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh and Minister of State (I/C) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri will be special invitees to Cabinet Committee on Accommodation, according to a statement issued by the Centre. They will be headed by Modi and includes Shah, Gadkari, Sitharaman, Goyal, Singh, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers DV Sadananda Gowda, Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Petroleum, Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

    Bancha, the first solar kitchen only village in India

    9 June 2019
    Bancha in Betul district is the first village in India to have zero wooden stoves and almost no use for LPG cylinders with all its 75 houses relying on solar-powered stoves to meet their cooking needs. The project of installing solar power plates, batteries and stoves in all the 74 houses was started in September 2017 and got completed by December 2018.

    India to enhance its commitment to Sri Lanka

    8 June 2019
    India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said that India will enhance its commitment to Sri Lanka in the wake of the recent bomb attacks on churches and hotels that killed more than 250. The announcement is made ahead of the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka on June 8. The PM will be visiting the Maldives also. This will be his first foreign trip since winning a second term in power. Sri Lanka: President: Maithripala Sirisena Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte Official languages: Sinhala, Tamil Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)

    Arunachal Pradesh: New species of dung beetle found in Tawang

    8 June 2019
    A new species of dung beetle discovered in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district. The new discovery named ‘Enoplotrupes tawangensis’ is a 27-mm-long insect, relatively bigger than most dung beetles. The shining dark blue insect was first examined by two scientists from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) -- Kailash Chandra and Devanshu Gupta.  Czech scientist David Král confirmed that he found a similar specimen from Bhutan which borders the frontier state. Dung beetles feed exclusively or partially on feces.  They belong to the super family called ‘Scarabaeoidea’ and have clubbed antennae and pro-tibiae (pro-legs) modified for burrowing dung inside the soil. The species plays an important in agriculture and tropical forests.  They bury and consume dung and in turn improves nutrient recycling and soil structure.  Further, they also help in seed dispersal and protect livestock from pests by removing dung from nearby. About Arunachal Pradesh Capital: Itanagar Chief minister: Pema Khandu Official languages: English; Population: 12.6 lakhs

    Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel Takes Oath As New CJI Of Delhi High Court

    8 June 2019
    Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel sworn in as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.  Lt Governor Anil Baijal administered the oath of office to Justice Patel at a function held at Raj Niwas. Earlier, Justice Patel was posted at the Jharkhand High Court.  Supreme Court Collegium recommended his name for the appointment as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court About Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel  Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel is an Indian Judge.  He is Chief Justice of Delhi High Court.  He is former Acting Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court and Judge of Gujarat High Court.

    Govt underpaid food subsidy bill by Rs 69,394 crore in Fiscal Year 2019

    8 June 2019
    The central government underpaid the food subsidy bill to Food Corporation of India (FCI) by Rs 69,394 crore during the year 2018-19. According to the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), central govt. paid only 74% of the total major subsidies during 2018-19 in comparison to the 83 percent payment made in 2017-18. As a percentage of the budget estimate, govt. paid only 59% of food subsidies in FY19. About FCI: Established in: 1964 Main Role: To procure food directly from farmers at the minimum support prices. It also implements the public distribution system and maintains buffer stocks of food grains.

    PM Modi reconstituted NITI Aayog

    8 June 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the reconstitution of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog. Rajiv Kumar has been retained as the Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog. Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah has been appointed as one of the ex-officio members of the NITI Aayog, along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. VK Saraswat, Ramesh Chand and VK Paul will continue as members of the NITI Aayog. Economist Bibek Debroy has been dropped from the team. About NITI Aayog: Set up in: 2015 after replacing Planning Commission Headquarters: New Delhi First vice-chairman: Arvind Panagariya He was replaced by Rajiv Kumar in September 2017. CEO: Amitabh Kant Chairman: Narendra Modi‎

    India-Marshall Islands tax data pact notified

    7 June 2019
    The union government notified an agreement with the Marshall Islands a country of volcanic islands and coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean, for the exchange of banking and company information for tax purposes.  It comes under tax evasion and tax avoidance. It is called as tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) They allow mutual cooperation between the two countries by providing an effective framework for exchange of information in tax matters. The agreement (India-Marshall Islands TIEA) between the Indian government and the government of the Marshall Islands was signed on March 18, 2016, at Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The bilateral agreement is based on international standards of tax transparency and exchange of information and enables the sharing of information on request.

    Delhi Metro Station becomes India's first project to receive power from waste-to-energy

    7 June 2019
    Delhi Metro became the first ever project in the country to receive power generated from a waste-to-energy plant. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) receiving 2 MW power from a 12 MW capacity waste-to-energy plant set up in Ghazipur. It is being utilized at the Vinod Nagar Receiving Substation (RSS) for meeting the operational requirements of Pink Line of Delhi Metro. It will take approximately 17.5 million units per annum from this plant.  The energy mainly depends upon the actual generation of the plant. It is set up by East Delhi Waste Processing Company Limited (EDWPCL)  It is based on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) involving the Delhi government and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) DMRC produces 28 MW of solar power from the various rooftop solar power plants which have been set up in its stations, depots and residential premises. The mass transit operator to receive solar power from the off-site solar power plant at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. DMRC plants 10 trees for each tree. About Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Number of lines: 8 Lines Number of stations: 250 Annual ridership : 926 million

    Gujarat topped the country with annual fish production of 7.8 lakh tonnes

    7 June 2019
    Gujarat topped the country with annual fish production of 7.8 lakh tonnes, followed by Tamil Nadu (7.02 lakh tonnes) and Kerala (6.43 lakh tonnes) according to the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI). Tamil Nadu: Kanniyakumari topped in the Tamil Nadu state annual fish production. Ramanathapuram has emerged as the second topper in the Tamil Nadu state in annual fish production. It has recorded 1.46 lakh tonnes during 2018.  Nagapattinam stands third highest fish production district to have recorded 91,186 tonnes. Thoothukudi stands fourth by recording 70,965 tonnes followed by Cuddalore (62,525 tonnes) and Chennai (55,707 tonnes). Report: The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) released the district wise marine fish landing data for the year 2018. The Fisheries Resources Assessment Division (FRAD) of CMFRI had collected random sampling data across the state and finalized the provisional figure. The data was collected by the fisheries department by employing the multi-stage cluster sampling method and the figures varied. Fish export in 2018: While Cuttlefish (Cephalopods), prawns, Pomfrets, crabs, and fishes belonging to the family of Percidae were exported, the protein-rich Sardines and Anchovies were sold in the local markets.  According to CMFRI report, the Fish production for the year 2018 was estimated at 3.49 million tonnes at the all India level. 

    Mumbai ranked first among 403 global cities in Traffic Index 2018 study

    7 June 2019
    An analysis of traffic congestion done in more than 400 cities across six continents has found that commuters in Mumbai spent the most time on the road last year. Mumbai ranked first in the study, ‘Traffic Index-2018’, by location technology specialist TomTom, with a congestion level of 65 percent New Delhi ranked fourth with a congestion level of 58 percent.  Mumbai held on to the top rank for the second consecutive year beating against Bogota (63 percent), Lima (58 percent) and Moscow (56 percent). The overall study covered 403 cities in 56 countries and defined congestion as the extra time added to road travel when traffic doesn’t flow freely. The best time in Mumbai without any congestion would be 2 am and 5 am, when traffic flowed freely.  The peak hours between 8 am and 10 results in congestion of 80 percent, which shot up to 102 percent between 5 pm and 8 pm, when offices shut for the day.  August 21 considered as the worst day to be on the road bringing traffic movement to a complete standstill for the better part of the day leading to a congestion of 111 percent.  They suggested expanding the scope of the city’s public transport network in order to provide end-to-end connectivity and businesses to provide flexible working hours to employees to ease traffic moving towards the suburbs. About Traffic Index 2018 It is published by TomTom, an Amsterdam-based company that offers traffic solutions It uses location technology to collect traffic information and publishes city rankings for eight years. The latest index ranks 403 cities across 56 countries, including 13 new cities.  

    Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan reviews status of Nipah Virus disease in New Delhi

    7 June 2019
    Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan reviewed the status of Nipah Virus disease in New Delhi. A total of 316 contacts are being followed up on a daily basis. One positive case admitted in Ernakulam is now conscious and having a mild fever and six symptomatic contacts have been admitted in the quarantine facility at the Medical College and all the samples were found to be negative.  A Sample from one symptomatic contact sent to NIV Lab. Strategic Health Operation Centre (SHOC) at NCDC has been activated and the activities are coordinated.  40 calls have been attended at SHOC- NCDC regarding Nipah information. District Control Room has been set up in the Collector Office (Helpline No. 04842425200) Joint Commissioner(Livestock Health) deployed two experts to Ernakulam, Kerala to support local Animal Husbandry Department in the investigation.  On the basis of the epidemiological investigation, a team from NIV Pune and Animal Husbandry are investigating bats and other animals in the vicinity of his (confirmed case)residence during the possible time of transmission of infection. About Nipah Virus It is a genus of RNA viruses belongs to the family Paramyxoviridae and order Mononegavirales containing five established species.  Henipaviruses are naturally harbored by pteropid fruit bats and microbats of several species Scientific name: Henipavirus Rank: Genus Higher classification: Paramyxoviridae  

    Govt. set up a 10 member Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development

    6 June 2019
    The government set up a 10-member Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development on 5 June. The committee is one of two Cabinet committees that are set up to rise the economic growth and tackle unemployment. Members of the committee: The Committee will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  The committee includes: Home Minister Amit Shah  Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Railway Minister Piyush Goyal  Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’  Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan  Minister Skill and Entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey  Ministers of State Santosh Kumar Gangwar (Labour)  Ministers of State Hardeep Singh Puri (Housing and Urban Affairs Reason for the formation of the committee: The committee was set up because the Employment data for 2017-18 which was released on May 31 after the Lok Sabha elections reported that the country's unemployment rate has risen to 6.1% in the period. This is the highest in 45 years. Fall in Gross Domestic Product (GDP): It is expected that the committee on economic growth will prepare a road map to bring the economy back on the growth trajectory as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell to 5.8% in the last quarter of 2018-19. It is the lowest since 2014. The GDP growth for 2018-19 was 6.8%, against the target of 7.2%. The fall in growth is the result of the dip in the performance of the core sectors of the economy, as the eight core sectors recorded a growth of just 2.6 % in April, compared with 4.6% in the same month in 2018. According to the government's data, the country’s economic growth saw the third straight fall in January-March quarter in 2019. Note:  The eight core sectors are coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilizers, steel, cement, and electricity.

    Goa CM Sawant praises Environment Day with 'Corals and Crabs'

    6 June 2019
    Goa harbors its coral reefs into the lesser known reefs around Grande Island. Goa Goa CM Pramod Sawant explained the occasion of World Environment Day  He released a book “Corals and Crabs” jointly published by the Forest Department of Goa and WWF-India at the Goa Science Centre Auditorium in Panaji.  Corals and Crabs is a first step towards bridging this existing knowledge gap and bringing amazing marine species found in the reefs of Goa such as Stingrays, Lionfish, Ghost Pipefish, Decorator Crabs and a whole array of Sea Slugs. The book features over 30 stunning photographs of marine habitats and biodiversity taken during WWF-India’s underwater surveys at dive sites around Grand Island in 2018 to assess the impact of diving on the reefs around the island. Increasing marine based tourism made protection and monitoring of these habitats critical.  Experiences such as scuba diving, snorkeling and dolphin watching, while an important source of revenue for the state and an enriching experience for tourists, tend to mount pressure on marine habitats and wildlife. About Goa Capital: Panaji Governor: Mridula Sinha Chief Minister: Pramod Sawant

    India, Myanmar strengthen ties acting robust against insurgent groups

    6 June 2019
    India maintained strong relations with foreign nations in its quest of counter terrorism.  India and Myanmar are the two neighboring countries resulted in much progress Finally, Myanmar government being on Indian side successfully crackdown Indian groups taking shelter. The takeover of the NSCN-K headquarters a drastic development as Taga was the collective headquarters of all extremist groups active in the northeast except the Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN - K ceasefire mode since 1997. Taga is close to the Indian border.  Groups such as United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and United National Liberation Front of Manipur are known to use jungle routes for hit-and-run operations in India from the NSCN-K’s base. Members of the NSCN-K faction comprising Myanmar nationals  Among the Indian Nagas in the outfit, moved north towards the China border after the crackdown. Sumi won a cash award of ₹10 lakhs A few months ago, India and Myanmar army together carried the surgical attack on militant groups deliberately eyeing in the Northeast. About Myanmar Capital: Naypyidaw Largest city: Yangon (Rangoon) President: Win Myint  

    Tamil Nadu got $287 million World Bank Loan For Healthcare Reform

    6 June 2019
    Tamil Nadu Government(GoTN) and the World Bank signed a $287-million loan agreement for the Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Programme (TNHSRP). The main aim to improve the quality of healthcare and to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and fill equity gaps in reproductive and child health services in the State. Tamil Nadu is also dealing with a growing burden of NCDs as they account for nearly 69 percent of deaths in the State. TNHSRP will promote population-based screening, treatment, and follow-up for NCDs, and improve monitoring and evaluation. The patients will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to self-manage their conditions. Lab services and health provider capacity will also be strengthened to address mental health. To track, the road injuries, it will improve in-hospital care, strengthen protocols, strengthen the 24x7 trauma care services and establish a trauma registry. About the World Bank Formation: July 1945 Head Quarters: Washington

    Indian Railways ordered for 25 electric locomotives from BHEL

    6 June 2019
    Indian Railways received an order for 25 more energy efficient retrofit electrical locomotives from the public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).  The achievement is significant before Environment Day is being celebrated all over the world.  A major technological leap achieved by the BHEL whereby the kinetic energy of the train while in braking mode, is re-converted into electrical energy.  It is a set back into the electric grid of the railways.  This energy was being wasted in locomotives in the form of heat.  BHEL worked with Indian Railways and supplied 20 electric locomotives last year and 10 more locomotives are being supplied this year.  About Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) Headquarters: New Delhi CEO: Atul Sobti  Founder: Government of India Subsidiaries: NTPC BHEL Power Projects Private Limited About Indian Railways Headquarters: New Delhi Number of employees: 13,08,000  Revenue: 1.87 lakh crores INR  Subsidiaries: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation

    Tripura to host 10th National Science Film Festival of India in 2020

    5 June 2019
    The10th National Science Film Festival of India (NSFFI) organized in Tripura in January and February 2020. The NSF debuted in Chennai eight years ago in 2011. It covered almost all regions of the country since then including Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata, Bangalore, Lucknow, Mumbai, Guwahati and Mohali. This the second time the show will be held in a North Eastern city. National Science Film Festival of India (NSFFI) National Science Film Festival and Competition (Rashtriya Vigyan Chalchitra Mela) is organised by Vigyan Prasar. The Indian Department of Science and Technology in collaboration with Jahangirabad Media Institute as a part of the Indian Science Congress 2011. 

    Yoga Mahotsava was organized in New Delhi

    5 June 2019
    A Two-day Yoga Mahotsava, a Curtain Raiser for International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2019 was organized in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by the Vice-Chairman, NITI AYOG Rajeev Kumar.  Organised by: The Yoga Mahotsav-2019 was organized by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) under Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH). This is to sensitize the masses for the celebration of IDY 2019.  Events: Know about Yoga was also a part of the Yoga Mahotsav-2019 for the Yoga enthusiasts and My self-experience in Yoga-A Motivational Journey for youngsters was held. App launch: On this occasion Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha announced two Applications related to International Day of Yoga 2019. 1) Yoga Locator which is specially designed for IDY to record and show Yoga events across the world  2) Bhuvan App which provides geo time location and documentation during IDY 2019. Bhuvan App has been designed in collaboration with ISRO. Ministry of AYUSH: AYUSH - Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy It is a governmental body in India  It is purposed with developing, education and research  Founded on: 9 November 2014 Headquarters: New Delhi Minister responsible: Shripad Naik (MOS independent charge)

    Madhya Pradesh Cabinet passes resolution to increase reservation for OBCs to 27%

    5 June 2019
    Madhya Pradesh Cabinet passed a resolution to increase the percentage of reservation quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC) from existing 14 percent to 27 percent. The move will lead to the reservation in the state breaching the Supreme Court-mandated 50 percent cap to reach 63 percent. Madhya Pradesh is the only state in the country to have a 27 percent quota for OBCs. Cabinet also increased to 3% the dearness allowance for employees  About Madhya Pradesh Capital: Bhopal Chief Minister: Kamal Nath Governor: Anandiben Patel

    High Court declared all animals in Haryana to be 'legal persons'

    5 June 2019
    The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued the status of “legal person or entity” to all animals in Haryana, granting them the “corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person”. The verdict comes nearly a year after Uttarakhand High Court passed a similar order “to protect and promote greater welfare of animals”. The order was passed in a case where the Court was informed that 29 cows were packed in a cruel manner while being transported from Uttar Pradesh to Haryana. High Court has issued 29 animal-welfare oriented directions.  This includes a ban in using animals to pull vehicles in extreme weather, limits on loads and the number of people that animals are made to carry, limits on the distances that an animal is made to walk at a stretch, instructions on how to tether an animal to the vehicle it is made to pull and a ban on the use of  spike sticks, harness  and other sharp instruments to avoid injuring the animal.

    Telangana Government enhanced Rythu Bandhu scheme

    4 June 2019
    Telangana government released Rs 6,900 crore for the Rythu Bandhu scheme for Kharif season. The order is mainly passed to the agriculture department. The government enhanced the Rythu Bandhu scheme Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 per acre and decided to release funds in the view of ensuing Kharif season. About Rythu Bandhu scheme Rythu Bandhu scheme also Farmers’ Investment Support Scheme (FISS) is a welfare program to support farmer’s investment for two crops a year by the Government of Telangana. The government is providing 58.33 lakh farmers, ₹4000 per acre per season to support the farm investment, twice a year, for rabi and kharif seasons. This is a first direct farmer investment support scheme in India. The scheme was announced by the Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrashekhar Rao at Farmers Coordination Committee (Rythu Samanvaya Samithi) conference at Jayashankar Agriculture University on 25 February 2018.

    Modi 2.0 scheme to create more Greener Roads across India

    4 June 2019
    Modi 2.0 a scheme which is carried out taking more innovative and constructive decisions and finally started to craft in cabinet meetings. The government is the most efficient and performance driven ministry is transport and road ministry. Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari roads greener across and the main aim is to impart a major ‘green’ boost to even bigger infrastructure building targets They set to plant 125 crore trees along the national highways which is equal to the total population of the nation. This initiative is also designed to benefit greatly to the environment. The estimated project completion will be around 3 years. Delhi-Mumbai Expressway moving ahead at a fast pace with around 60% of the contracts. About the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Formed    July 1942 Headquarters: New Delhi

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